West Hollywood, California

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West Hollywood, California

Introduction to West Hollywood, California

West Hollywood, California, in Los Angeles county, is 7 miles SW of Burbank, California (center to center) and 7 miles W of Los Angeles, California. The population swells during the night hours and on the weekends when residents from neighboring cities show up to enjoy the shops, restaurants and the entertainment. The Halloween and the Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade attract a huge crowd. The city includes a large number of gay-oriented businesses and is one of the prominent gay communities in the nation. West Hollywood also has a large Jewish population. It's a green community and known for being "pet friendly."

West Hollywood History

The Tongva Indians were the original inhabitants. Juan Cabrillo arrived during the late 18th century and claimed the area for Spain. By 1771 disease severely decimated the Indians. Most of the acreage became part of the Rancho La Brea. During the end of the 19th century the town of Sherman was founded. During these years the town began its reputation as being liquor friendly and slightly regulated.

The city later became known as West Hollywood in order to take advantage of the glamour associated with Hollywood. During the 1920's The Sunset Strip became filled with nightclubs and casinos. The town was often visited by well known movie stars. During the late 1960's the Sunset Strip became known for its hippie culture. Later, it became a prominent gay village.

West Hollywood Attractions and Activities

  • The well known Sunset Strip includes prominent boutiques, restaurants, rock clubs and night clubs. The strip is known for colorful billboards and is a popular destination for rock and movie stars.
  • The Roxy Theater is a famous nightclub which offers well known music performers.
  • The West Hollywood Halloween Carnival is regarded as one of the largest Halloween Street parties in the country.
  • Christopher Street West is a popular gay pride parade.
  • The Pacific Design Center is a unique looking building.
  • The portion of Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard is often called "boys town" and is one of the world's most popular gay neighborhoods. It features numerous bars, restaurants and nightclubs.
  • The Sunset Marquis is a well known hotel which includes the famous Whisky Bar and a recording studio.
  • The western portion of Melrose Boulevard has a large number of popular clothing boutiques, antique stores, restaurants and interior design businesses.
  • The district near Fountain Avenue, Harper Avenue and Havenhusrt Drive features a collection of Spanish Revival and Art Deco style apartment buildings designed by prominent architects.
  • The city includes numerous popular spas.
  • The MAK Center at Schindler House features unique architecture.
  • Sunset Plaza offers chic boutiques and popular bistros.

The city features a large number of popular venues including the Comedy Store, Formosa Cafe, Hyatt West Hollywood, Barney's Beanery, Whisky a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Viper Room, Rainbow Bar and Grill and it offers well known restaurants such as Lucques, Ago and Morton's.

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High Points

West Hollywood strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in California):

Category Trophy
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy West Hollywood Well-Paid Single Men
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% West Hollywood College Educated Adults
Public Transportation Use
(vs. State)
Top 16% West Hollywood Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 17% West Hollywood Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of West Hollywood, California

Comparing West Hollywood to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in California (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Male Share of the Population 10 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 9 9
Well-Paid Single Women 9 8
Racial Diversity 5 3
Female Share of the Population 1 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 1 1
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 9 9
People Above Poverty 5 6
People in Middle Class or Better 5 6
Median Family Income 3 4

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Working at Home 10 9
Public Transportation Use 8 9
Walking and Biking to Work 8 6
Short Commute Times 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 8
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Housing Recently Built 3 2
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 4 3
Low Violent Crime 2 1

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West Hollywood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 7 miles SW of Burbank, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 7 miles W of Los Angeles, California
County Los Angeles
Standard Zip Codes 90038, 90046, 90048, 90069
Phone Area Codes 323
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.09
Longitude -118.36

West Hollywood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.2 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 68 F
Apr Temp 54 to 73 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 60 to 79 F
Annual Precip 15.1 inches
Station U C L A
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 49 to 66 F
Apr Temp 53 to 69 F
Jul Temp 62 to 77 F
Oct Temp 59 to 75 F
Annual Precip 18.6 inches
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 68 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 61 to 89 F
Oct Temp 55 to 83 F
Annual Precip 21 inches
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West Hollywood Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 35,716 100%
Male 19,732 55.2%
Female 15,984 44.8%
Under 18 2,034 5.7%
18+ 33,682 94.3%
65+ 6,088 17%
Median Age 39.4
Average Family Size 2.5
White 30,868 86.4%
African-American 1,104 3.1%
Asian 1,350 3.8%
American Indian & Alaskan 129 0.4%
Other 1,026 2.9%
Mixed Race 1,198 3.4%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 3,142 8.8%

Estimated West Hollywood Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 36,732
Growth 1,016
Growth % 2.8%

West Hollywood Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.2%
Russian 14.2%
German 7.5%
Italian 6.7%
Irish 6.6%
English 6.2%
Ukrainian 5.3%
US/American 3.6%
Polish 2.8%
French (except Basque) 2.4%
Iranian 1.9%
Scottish 1.4%
Swedish 1.1%
European 1.1%
Hungarian 1%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
British 0.8%
Israeli 0.8%
Romanian 0.7%
Norwegian 0.7%
Dutch 0.7%
Greek 0.6%
French Canadian 0.6%
Austrian 0.6%
Armenian 0.6%
Eastern European 0.5%
Welsh 0.5%
Portuguese 0.4%
Canadian 0.4%
Danish 0.4%
Lithuanian 0.4%
Swiss 0.3%
Australian 0.3%
Yugoslavian 0.3%
African 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
Northern European 0.2%
Lebanese 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Scandinavian 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, West Hollywood, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bicentennial (90048)
Briggs (90048)
Hollywood (90038)
Wilcox (90038)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
West Hollywood 35,716 $41,463
Beverly Hills 33,784 $102,611
Burbank 100,316 $56,767
Culver City 38,816 $61,451
Glendale 194,973 $47,633
Los Angeles 3,694,820 $39,942
Santa Monica 84,084 $75,989
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1. Wilton Manors, Florida 88   40.8% 15.7% 25% 23 $43,346 4.9% 20.8% 12,697 15.4% 44.3 2.5% 5.3
2. Fort Lauderdale, Florida 87.5   40.5% 15.3% 27.9% 25 $46,175 5.3% 35.7% 152,397 17.7% 66.3 8.5% 9.3
3. Fredericksburg, Virginia 86.9   39.3% 12.8% 30.5% 25 $47,148 5.8% 26.8% 19,279 15.5% 52.3 0.5% 5
4. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 85.2   39.4% 16.5% 26.2% 24 $38,795 5.3% 32.4% 334,563 20.4% 45.7 0.5% 11.2
5. Clearwater, Florida 84.7   35.5% 21.5% 23.9% 24 $46,228 5.2% 16.1% 108,787 12.3% 46.2 7.6% 9.4
6. St. Petersburg, Florida 84.1   35.6% 17.4% 22.8% 23 $43,198 5.7% 28.6% 248,232 13.3% 69.6 3.9% 16.3
7. Pompano Beach, Florida 84   38.6% 23.4% 21.6% 25 $44,195 5.3% 32.2% 78,191 17% 63 15.8% 14.4
8. Boynton Beach, Florida 76.5   32.9% 25.8% 20.7% 26 $47,546 5.7% 29.6% 60,389 10.2% 71.8 9.6% 11.3
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